Just over a year ago, GeekTech covered a DIY project that re-created the self-lacing shoes Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future Part II. Around the same time, Nike filed a patent for shoes that “provide a set of straps that can be automatically opened and closed to switch between a loosened and tightened position of the upper.” Now, it looks like the real thing is here, in the form of the Nike Air Mag.
[Update: Apparently, as This Is My Next notes, these shoes may not actually self-lace after all–though Nike hasn’t confirmed one way or another, as far as we can tell–so chances are, you’ll still have to go the DIY route if you want that. But at least they look cool.]
According to Nike’s release, the bottom of the shoes are lined with LED lighting panels, while the rest is made of reinforced mesh. They are rechargable, and the lights will last for 5 hours before needing another charge. Nike’s logo, located on the ankle strap, is described as “electroluminescent.” In essence, Nike is going for a near replica of the shoes Marty McFly wore. Even better: Nike will donate all net proceeds to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, a charity aimed toward fighting and curing Parkinson’s disease.
If you want a pair, however, you’ll have to act quickly: Only 1500 pairs of Air Mags will be made, and they’ll be available only via auction on nikemag.ebay.com beginning at 11:30 p.m. Eastern Time tonight (September 8).
It has also been announced that Michael J. Fox will appear on The Late Show With David Letterman at 11:30 p.m. tonight to make an announcement, most likely relating to the shoes and his charity.